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A lady smoking a hookah on a terrace by a lake

  • Description

    Scenes of leisure and courtly past times appear repeatedly in later Indian paintings. In this vibrant composition, a young lady, probably a princess, reclines on a terrace smoking a hookah (water-pipe), her gaze melancholically staring at a point beyond the frame. Behind her, set in a receding landscape, is a large pavilion by the water with bathers and forts dotting the hilltops.

  • Details

    Associated place
    Asia India (place of creation)
    late 18th century
    Mughal Period (1526 - 1858)
    Material and technique
    gouache with gold on paper
    page 23.5 x 15.5 cm (height x width)
    painting 19.6 x 12 cm (height x width)
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    Bequeathed by Christopher T. Gandy, 2012.
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    • currently in research collection

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